-- Doubling Annual Production Capacity to 240,000 Units in 2015 --
SÃO PAULO, Brazil, August 7, 2013 - Honda Automoveis do Brasil Ltda. (HAB), the Honda automobile production and sales subsidiary in Brazil, today announced plans to build a new automobile production plant with annual production capacity of 120,000 units. The new plant is scheduled to become operational in 2015.
The new plant will be located in the city of Itirapina in the state of Sao Paulo (approximately 200km northwest of the city of Sao Paulo), which is approximately 100km northwest of HAB’s existing plant in the city of Sumare. Including the acquisition of the 5.8 million square meter (m2) site, purchase of equipment and construction of the plant building, the total investment for the new plant is expected to be approximately 1 billion Brazilian Reais (approximately 43 billion yen*). The new plant will employ approximately 2,000 associates. HAB is planning to produce Fit-class compact vehicles at the new plant, for which demand is high on a global basis.
As a part of HAB’s efforts to address environmental concerns, the new plant will employ shortened production processes and introduce the latest technologies in the painting process. Moreover, HAB will strive to establish a highly efficient production system at the new plant through various approaches including making the optimum use of automation technologies.
Combining the production capacity of the new plant with the existing plant in Sumare, HAB’s total annual automobile production capacity will be doubled from the current 120,000 units to 240,000 units. Moreover, with the goal to strengthen local development capabilities in Brazil and to enhance parts localization, Honda is establishing a new automobile R&D center within the plant in Sumare before the end of this year. Doubling the production capacity and developing products that accommodate the needs of local customers in Brazil, Honda will deliver more attractive products and enhance its product lineup in South America.
"As the world’s fourth largest automobile market, Brazil is a very important market for Honda’s operation in South America. Taking advantage of the capacity expansion, Honda will continue offering a wide range of attractive products that exceed the expectations of our customers in Brazil.”
Honda commenced its motorcycle business in Brazil in 1971 and production in 1976. Honda’s cumulative investment in its Brazilian motorcycle business has reached approximately 3.7 billion Brazilian Reais. After motorcycle production started, Honda’s automobile production started in 1997. Honda’s cumulative investment in automobile business in Brazil, including this new plant, will reach approximately 3.5 billion Brazilian Reais.
|Capital Investment:||R$882.78 million|
|Capitalization Ratio:||100% Honda South America Ltda.|
|Representative:||Masahiro Takedagawa, President|
|Location:||Sao Paulo, Brazil|
|Business:||Production and sales of automobiles||Products:||Civic, Fit, City||Production Capacity:||120,000 units/year||Employment:||Approximately 3,500 associates|
|Lot size:||1.7 million square meter (m2)|
|Start of Production:||October 1997 (Civic)|
|Cumulative production volume:||1.056 million units (as of the end of 2012)|
|Cumulative investment amount:||Approximately 2.5 billion Brazilian Reais
(as of the end of 2012)
|Location:||City of Itirapina in the state of Sao Paulo (approximately 200km northwest of the city of Sao Paulo)|
|Lot size:||5.8 million square meter (m2)|
|Production Capacity:||120,000 units/year|
|Start of Production:||2015|
|Employment:||Approximately 2,000 associates|
|Investment:||Approximately 1 billion Brazilian Reais|